Saturday, November 21, 2009
Once upon a time ... oh wait that's another story! My journey begins a long time ago in another lifetime, when I was finishing my college degree. My best friend was staying at the University of Idaho to complete her masters in library science, while I was going forward to be a teacher and "save the world!" However, there was a niggling that started at that time in my brain -- and it kept saying -- library -- library!
I had always been interested in the library and as a young girl had helped my Great Aunt, off and on, at the public library. But still I was young and eager to get going so I did. I taught home economics in a small town in Idaho for about 4 years -- which was a great experience as I created and implemented a new program for grades 7-12, as well as encountered the joy being a coach for girls basketball and volleyball. It was here I met my first husband, and soon after we were married, moved to central Washington state, where I taught school for another 11 years. And interestingly, all that time, there was still the niggling -- library -- library!
In 1986, I took a year's sabbatical from teaching to start my own business and explore the world of technology which at that time was quite quaint! I was fascinated by creating my own programs and the ability to do desktop publishing! This led to the opening of a small writing and editing service. I did this part-time, while teaching full time for a couple of years, then part-time on each job for a couple of years, and finally took the plunge to be on my own, full time. This was a gratifying experience and for the next 15 years my focus. Still, there was that niggling -- library -- library!
One day during this time I returned to the public library for some research and discovered the disappearance of the card catalog! Yikes! I had been so proud of myself for mastering the search tool. I was greatly saddened -- as well as frustrated by the electronic monstrosity that now seemed very daunting!!
A few years later, as fate would have it, I was single again and found the desire to have a "regular pay check". This time I paid attention to the niggling -- library -- library! A part-time, evening circulation position at the local community college opened -- I applied and was offered the job! What excitement! Finally, I was going to be working in a library. Well, the flood gates opened, I blossomed -- and the journey began in earnest!
After working in that position for a short time, the head circulation position opened -- I jumped in with both feet. I was learning and growing in my knowledge about the inner workings of the library and in seventh heaven! I integrated my customer-focused service adopted in my previous career pathways into the new daily routine. Next the cataloging position was available -- once again I jumped into this one with the same fervor as the other two.
Now in my early 50's, I decided it was time to take the plunge -- librarianship is where I need to spend my remaining productive years. So I researched online ALA accredited degree programs and made my choice! Within two years I had a degree and a library job that is utilizing education and business skills that I have acquired over the years. As Continuing Education Consultant for the Idaho Commission for Libraries, I am responsible for ensuring the Idaho library community has access to a virtual buffet of professional development opportunities to meet their current and future needs.
On one hand there is a small sadness for not taking the step sooner -- however, on the other hand, this is such a great time to be a librarian. The opportunity to be a change agent, rather than the one who has to change -- is truly invigorating.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
1. open communication
2. adapting to change
3. scanning the horizon
And that Library 2.0 comes down to a philosophy of service built on
1. constant change
2. participatory service
3. mindful evaluation
Go to Tame the Web to read more...
1. Social media policies will become more prevalent
Because it is not going away anytime soon, Michael recommends that every library either create and/or refresh its social media policies. His advice includes " work from examples from all realms and take no more than three meetings to hash out the policy and send it on. Things will be changing too fast to meet for weeks or months."
2. Evaluation will come into its own
Take a step back and see what's working and what's not. Drop things that don't and add ones that do. Some key things to consider during the evaluation process: the newness of the tools, the varying degrees of use by library users and staff and the time/resource saving involved.
3. Libraries will become community leaders in teaching social tools
Those libraries that have taken the step to offer Learning 2.0 or integrated social tools into their services are position to take the next step which according to Michael is—educating governing bodies and their community of users.
See Michael's blog post for further insights.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
So while thinking of librarians as gate-openers ... how does that impact how we learn to change... and change to learn.
Are we willing to be surprised by discovery of new tools and ideas?
How can we incorporate those new tools and ideas into our lives?
Will we be analytical yet open-minded as we adapt to new ways of learning?
How do you learn? Where do you learn? Why do you learn?